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Delilah Obie
Lead Teacher, Pre-kindergarten
capitol hill

Delilah has been an early childhood educator for seven years, working with infants through Pre-K. In her role as lead Pre -K teacher at Capitol Hill she works to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten by creating a fun, nurturing, creative environment where students develop confidence, compassion and community.  Her curriculum incorporates a variety of learning styles recognizing that, no matter how old you are, we all absorb information in our own unique way. 

Delilah grew up in rural Oregon and attended the University of Oregon where she earned a degree in Journalism.  A life-long learner, she later moved to Seattle and earned a certificate in multi- media production from the University of Washington and worked in advertising and marketing for many years.  During that time she volunteered at the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club eventually serving two terms as President of their Board of Directors.  Her experience tutoring and creating an enriching environment for children and teens led her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education at North Seattle College.  She and her husband of 23 years raised two children, now 19 and 21. She enjoys traveling the world, gardening, doing anything around water and messing around with clay.  

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Daniel Royer
Assistant Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten
Capitol Hill

Daniel teaches in the Pre-K program and also teaches music and French throughout our community. Having spent his first 25 years in Quebec where French was his first language, he teaches French to both the Pre-K and Preschool programs on a weekly basis. He received a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication and Law from Carleton University and spent several years working at a Seattle-based newspaper before coming to Harvard Avenue School. Daniel is the father of two children, Max and Pablo, both graduates of our preschool/pre-kindergarten programs. Daniel has worked in our school since fall 2006.

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Alexis Piper
Lead Teacher, Preschool
capitol hill

Piper's passion for early childhood education began in college with her first job was as an AmeriCorps volunteer, where she spent two years working in low-income preschools.  Ten years later, she is still happiest when in the classroom watching little minds at work. Piper is a University of Washington graduate who is currently working on a Child Development Associates degree for the Preschool Age. Outside of the classroom, Piper has also taught through the Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Children's Theater's education programs. This is Piper's third year as a Lead Preschool Teacher.  When she's not teaching, Piper loves spending time with her friends and huge family (she is eldest of seven) in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.


Kate Bartel
Assistant Teacher, Preschool
Capitol Hill

Kate received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and has a great appreciation for world cultures, languages, and traditions.  She enriched her education with volunteer journeys to Tanzania and the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, and is TEFL certified (Teaching English as a Foreign Language.)  Kate is also a classical musician.  She teaches piano to all ages throughout the community, in addition to performing as a violinist in a local symphony.

This is Kate’s second year working in the preschool classroom at Harvard Avenue School.  Formerly, she worked for several years in another small local preschool.  She loves to encourage young learners to ask questions, try new things, and take on challenges.  It is a truly rewarding moment when a young person’s “I can’t” becomes “I did it!”

In her free time Kate enjoys hiking, travel, reading historical fiction, and visiting her family.  She is a coffee enthusiast and will try any food at least once!

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jerin blauser
Capitol Hill

Jerin grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Seattle in October, 2016.  She went to culinary school in Pittsburgh, PA and hopes to share those skills in the classroom over time.  Jerin worked professionally as a chef for 3 years before pursuing another passion: a career in Early Childhood Education. 

She has been working with children for the past 12 years in various positions such as nanny and camp counselor and professionally for the past 2 years.  Jerin has been looking into courses at Seattle University to advance her career as an educator. 

Teaching children has provided her with the fulfillment she had been searching for as a working professional.  Jerin is very passionate about providing a warm and welcoming environment for children to grow and prosper.
When not in the classroom, she is usually cooking, baking, hiking a mountain, rock climbing, reading over coffee or listening to live music! 

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rachel linden
LEAD Teacher, waddler
capitol hill

Rachael is a Seattle University graduate who is passionate about early childhood education and connecting with young children.  Being the lead teacher in the Waddler/Toddler room she spends the majority of her time singing, laughing, creating art projects and connecting with the children at Harvard Avenue School. When not teaching Rachael enjoys spending time with family & friends, taking care of her house plants, and hiking.

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Julia Leichman
assistant Teacher, waddler
capitol hill

Julia enjoys watching and helping our youngest students learn and grow during their first year at Harvard Avenue School. She has been assisting in the toddler classroom since the summer of 2014. A love of French language has evolved into teaching basic vocabulary to the class during afternoon circle times (which gives her a fun excuse to break out her many toy animals collected during years of working in locally owned educational toy stores). She loves being able to take time getting to know each student: reading a book with them, creating creatures out of play dough, or making them laugh.

Julia grew up in Eastern and Western Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Drama. In her free time she loves to travel, practice yoga, take long walks, sing, write, draw, dance, walk a tightrope, listen to music, and spend time with herhusband, family, and friends. 

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brooke erickson
Lead Teacher, Pre-kindergarten
Madison Valley

Brooke attended the University of Washington and majored in Early Childhood and Family Studies and Environmental Studies. Brooke is very interested in the therapeutic and developmental effects of outdoor play in early childhood and focused some of her studies on this topic. 

Brooke’s first preschool experience was working in a Head Start Preschool in Discovery Park through a University of Washington work-study program called Jumpstart.  She later moved to Los Angeles and taught Preschool there.  Brooke enjoyed helping plan a new art studio, working in the garden, and many long-term child-directed projects. She was also a therapeutic companion at this school. Brooke moved back to Seattle in 2016.

Brooke has also worked with children in a variety of settings including The Burke Museum of Natural History, outdoor education camps (at Olympic National Park), Kids Discovery Museum, and has been a nanny and soccer coach. 

Brooke grew up on Bainbridge Island as the second youngest of seven girls. She enjoys hiking, traveling, soccer, running, reading, kayaking, watercolor painting, and live music.


Ellie Canade
Lead Teacher, Preschool
Madison Valley

Ellie is excited to be teaching as an assistant in the Madison Valley pre-K classroom for her second year at Harvard Avenue School. She has four years of experience working as an educator and program instructor at Seattle non-profits such as the Environmental Science Center, the Seattle Aquarium, Pacific Marine Research, and the Pacific Science Center. Ellie discovered a love of marine life and the natural world while attending the University of Washington, where she earned a degree in Environmental Studies. Shortly after, she discovered that she loves sharing her knowledge almost as much as she loves gaining it. Ellie finds joy in seeing her Pre-k students learn and grow in many different ways. She thrives on the challenge of finding new and interesting methods to teach lessons to accommodate all students. 

Ellie grew up in a suburb of Chicago and has been living in Seattle for over seven years. She spends her free time outside, taking every opportunity to explore Washington trails and the Puget Sound. She also enjoys playing the banjolele and guitar.

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Laura Miller
assistant Teacher, Preschool
Madison Valley

Laura has taught as an assistant teacher at Harvard Avenue School since fall 2012.  Her own education includes a degree in Social and Human Services with an emphasis on drug prevention in at risk youth.  Laura interned at several elementary schools and Head Start programs were she had the opportunity to guide young people about positive social behaviors, conflict resolution, and feeling confident.  After graduating from college Laura worked for Dale Turner Family YMCA where she taught in the Preschool to 4th grade programs.  Laura feels  teaching children is an amazing journey.  She enjoys providing children with a positive environment to explore, develop, and learn. 

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jasmine jessie
assistant Teacher, Preschool
Madison Valley

Having an Educational Studies degree from the University of Washington, Jasmine has an endless passion for teaching children and being a positive influence in the education community. While taking courses at UW, she did her student teaching in differing grade levels, in classrooms with children of diverse learning abilities and cultural backgrounds. She has worked with children in a special education preschool classroom, self contained K-2 classroom and general education 2nd grade classroom, and each of these experiences has helped shape Jasmine’s teaching practice and philosophy. 


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Kirsten Camp
Managing Director

Kirsten can be seen at both of our campuses, talking with families, supporting teachers and helping in the classrooms.  She also is in charge of Admissions. Kirsten graduated from Brown University with a degree in Educational Studies and holds a Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College in New York. A native New Yorker, she spent nine years working at The Chapin School in Manhattan, seven as a Kindergarten teacher and two as the Director of Lower School Admissions. Kirsten's two daughters (now 12 and 15) attended Harvard Avenue and loved every minute of their years there!

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Andrea Hackman
Director, FOUNDER

Andrea is the Director and founder of Harvard Avenue School. Andrea is a Seattle native. After graduating from Seattle Preparatory School Andrea attended Santa Clara University where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in English Literature and also studied studio art. She then taught preschool in a Portola Valley, California program while attending the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California for her Masters of Early Childhood Education and Montessori Teaching Certification. Andrea has taught various preschool philosophies and methodologies. Andrea was the Director of a California preschool program before moving home to Seattle to open Harvard Avenue School.

Andrea acts as a substitute teacher as needed in the toddler, preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms as well as assisting in special classes that are offered at the school. Andrea opened Harvard Avenue School in winter 2003. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Chris, and their three children.